Kresta in the Afternoon – July 20, 2020 – Hour 2

  • Description: Our guest host today is Matthew Bunson.

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+  Early Christian Life in Rome

  • Description: On the night of July 19 in the year 64, flames erupted across the city of Rome, destroying 2/3 of the city. We use the occasion to look at what everyday life was like in Rome with Mike Aquilina.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. He appears regularly on EWTN Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show” and is a frequent guest on other TV and radio shows. Since 2002 he has collaborated closely with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, which he has served as an executive and trustee. He is a contributing editor to Angelus News, and he podcasts twice monthly for CatholicCulture.org. Mike is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State University, where he finished with honors and high distinction. He received the University’s Oswald Award for Achievement in Journalism and Mass Media. He and his wife, Terri, have been married since 1985. Their six children are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.
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    • The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome (Reclaiming Catholic History)

      Suspense, politics, sin, death, sex, and redemption: Not the plot of the latest crime novel, but elements of the true history of the Catholic Church. Larger-than-life saints such as Athanasius of Alexandria, Jerome, Augustine, and political figures such as Emperor Constantine played an important part in the history of the Christianity. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome, popular Catholic author Mike Aquilina gives readers a vivid and engaging account of how Christianity developed and expanded as the Roman Empire declined. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490), Mike Aquilina explores the dramatic backstory of the Council of Nicaea and why Christian unity and belief are still expressed by the Nicene Creed. He also sets the record straight about commonly held misconceptions about the Catholic Church. Readers may be surprised to learn:

      • The Edict of Milan didn’t just legalize Christianity; it also established religious tolerance for all faiths for the first time in history.
      • The growth of Christianity inspired a more merciful society: Crucifixion was abolished; the practice of throwing prisoners to wild beasts for entertainment was outlawed; and slave owners were punished for killing their slaves.
      • Controversy between Arians and Catholics may have resulted in building more hospitals and other networks of charitable assistance to the poor.
      • When Rome fell, not many people at the time noticed.
      Aquilina brings Church history to life in The Church and the Roman Empire, enabling Catholics to more deeply consider the true origins of the creed that unites us, the Bible we read, and the liturgy we celebrate. (learn more)

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